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Part 2: Food fight between SE fishermen and sea otters


Photo courtesy of Rich E Rich Photography

A pair of sea otters floating amongst some kelp.

Sea otters are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, a federal law that prohibits the harvesting of marine mammals. However, this law does allow for some exceptions. Under section 101 of the act, on page 16, it reads that "... the provisions of this Act shall not apply with respect to the taking of any marine mammal by any Indian, Aleut, or Eskimo who resides in Alaska and who dwells on the coast of the North Pacific Ocean or the Arctic Ocean if such taking-(1) is for subsistence purposes; or (2) is done for purposes of creating and selling authentic native articles of handicrafts...

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